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May 14, 2017

From 9th to 11th of May 2017 Wessex 4x4 Response was one group that was part of a deployment of 4x4 Response UK to an annual training exercise in Portsmouth. Organised by the Students of Portsmouth University as part of their course this event is now well respected both on a national but also on an international level. Representatives from UK Government and NATO being in attendance during the 3-day exercise which had its base at Fort Widley.



Mar 11, 2017

Taking part in #ExerciseBulrush in Wiltshire and organised by Wiltshire Search and Rescue.



Feb 25, 2017

Taking part in a multi-agency exercise in Wiltshire supporting with logistical support.



Feb 5, 2017

Today we are assisting with the marshalling the Two Bays Tough Ten in Weston Super Mare.



Jan 10, 2017

Welcome to the new Wessex 4x4 Response Website. It's been a long time coming and we hope that you enjoy the new website.

Some things have moved so if you can't find what you are looking for then please send us a message via our contact page.



Nov 5, 2016

Responders are assisting tonight at Bridgwater's Guy Fawkes Carnival helping the organisers put on another brilliant event.

I hope the weather stays good and everyone has an enjoyable show.

http://www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk/



Mar 1, 2014

Last night was our first official time of Wessex 4x4 Response joint working with Dorset Search and Rescue, Dorset Police and Dorset Search Dogs on a missing person search.



Jan 28, 2014

Assisting with the Major Incident caused by flooding on the Somerset Levels.



Dec 25, 2013

Wessex 4x4 Response, a registered charity staffed wholly by volunteers, has been called into action to assist the Emergency Services and other volunteer agencies during flooding of residential areas in the early hours of Christmas day. The whole of the South West has been hit by very heavy rain and strong winds; on top of this, the ground is already saturated from recent wet weather causing plenty of flooding across the region. The call came through in the early hours of Christmas morning, asking us to mobilise as it was felt that people were at risk.



Sep 14, 2013

Not the Midnight Beach Walk in Weston-Super-Mare



Sep 8, 2013

The new ISU-D made it's debut public outing and the show was also used to show off our new publicity material. We ran another popular tombola at the show, raising funds for the Wessex 4x4 Group. Throught the weekend there was a steady flow of people who were interested in joining Wessex 4x4 Response.



Sep 1, 2013

Dorset County Show in Dorchester



Sep 1, 2013

Lynch Plant Show & Open Day in Bridgewater



Aug 17, 2013

Emergency Services Day WSM in Weston-Super-mare



Aug 1, 2013

Steam Faye & Vintage Vehicle Rally in Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton



Jul 28, 2013

Burnham Escape Day in Burnham-on-Sea



Jul 23, 2013

Freewheelers EVS, transporting blood for the NHS in Somerset



Jul 16, 2013

Desktop Flood Exercise with Somerset County Council



Jul 13, 2013

Weston-Super-Mare, Prayer-on-the-Hill



Jul 11, 2013

A quick call out to assist Freewheelers EVS, transporting blood for the NHS in Somerset



Jul 9, 2013

Joint Voluntary Agencies Training Event - Stoke St Gregory



Jun 29, 2013

Exhibiting at Brymore School.



Jun 28, 2013

Today we signed an MOU between Freewheelers EVS and Wessex 4x4 Response to work together. Our role will be to offer cover for when the conditions are too dangerous for the motorcycles to be out on the roads. The recent winter where it there was ice and snow in the roads hampered their efforts to transport supplies to where they were needed.



Jun 2, 2013

We had a stand at the Cherished Vehicle Show in Chippenham.



May 19, 2013

Wessex 4x4 Responders visited the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance station today.



May 5, 2013

We attended the 2013 Abbey Hill Steam Rally at the Yeovil Showground.



Feb 24, 2013

Though it was a cold start to a Sunday morning, Wessex 4x4 Response Members appeared on Weston-Super-Mare Beach Front. Meeting up at the Victorian Cafe on the beach to begin planning what we are going to do for the day and also to get some needed Tea and Coffee into our systems. After that we headed over to the organisers and got a briefing from them, they were pleased to see 9 Wessex 4x4 Response Vehicles there.



Jan 26, 2013

Friday 18th January,
In the early hours of Friday morning the Wessex area was hit by heavy snowfall, the snow was 10-20cm deep. This caused chaos for the morning commute and a large number of schools closed due to the snow. Wessex 4x4 Response was on hand to assist with the issues faced by the emergency services. The control team was very busy dealing with the incoming calls for help as dawn approached and hospitals realised that they needed help to get staff into work. Also calls started to come in for Wessex 4x4 Response to assist with medical staff keeping to appointments for home visits. Calls for assistance continued throughout the night with very little chance for a break.



Jan 7, 2013

Wessex 4x4 Response attends thank you reception hosted by Somerset County Council

Somerset Live



Jan 6, 2013

Brothers and sisters of Naomi House patients were treated to an off road driving experience by Wessex 4x4 Response members on Sunday the 6th January. The day out in rural Wiltshire consisted of a drive along Shaftesbury Drove, and then a trip to Glebe Hall in Winterbourne Earls for a lunch break. After lunch we headed over to Pro-Driver Training for a couple of hours driving around their off-road course. The kids really enjoyed this part as they got bounced around in the 4x4s as they drove around the woodland section.



Nov 30, 2012

Callouts assisting at Muchelney Flood



Nov 21, 2012

Assisting British Red Cross during Floods in Somerset.



Nov 11, 2012

Helping veterans attend Armistice Service at Uphill.



Oct 24, 2012

Evacuation and Rest Centre Exercise, Yeovil



Sep 1, 2012

For the Dorset County Show, we had a Display stand and also helped the organisers with running various events over the weekend.



Sep 1, 2012

This was our first time attending Devizes Carnival. We had been asked to help out in a public safety role, supplying road marshals to man the various road blocks needed to keep the traffic trough Devizes separate from the carnival procession and the crowds watching. Our attendance was proceeded by being emailed a very comprehensive set of briefing documents, which detailed exactly what we were expected to do, which was good, because the complex plan involved road diversions that had to be changed while the carnival was in progress. The plan included allowing the local bus services to continue to run and to avoid gridlock in the town, while protecting the route of the carnival from traffic, the carnival meandering in a large circular route through the town centre.



Sep 1, 2012

According to local news reports a vehicle had hit a gas main causing a major gas leak in Ilminster at midnight, resulting in around 50 residents in the vicinity being evacuated by the Police. Wessex 4x4 Response was called by the Somerset Duty Contingencies Officer warning us of possibly deploying responders to help with a rest centre for the people affected by the gas leak. Just 15 minutes later, we were informed that the gas board had arrived and were able to fix the leak very quickly.

The situation now being under control we were stood down.

Link: news report



Aug 26, 2012

This is not one of our usual events that we attend, turning up at 23:59 on a bank holiday Saturday, setting up radio links and erecting a shelter in a windswept and empty car park in a remote part of moonlit Wiltshire.

We were helping RAYNET to provide communications and safety vehicle support to the Ridgeway Challenge, an 85 mile race organised by the UK Trail Running Association, following the ancient Ridgeway from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Avebury in Wiltshire.



Aug 26, 2012

Burnham Escape Day at Burnham-on-Sea



Aug 18, 2012

This year we had a stand at the Rallyday Show at Castle Combe Circuit which has been running for 10 years, and is now expanding from it's rally roots to include a 4x4 element with 4x4 clubs and trade stands, infield 4x4 demonstration and an exhibition parade.



Jul 8, 2012

A weekend of heavy rain in Dorset meant that we had 6 deployments for NHS and care services in Bridport and Dorchester flood areas.

BBC News



Jun 25, 2012

Major deployment to extract vehicles at Isle of Wight Festival



Jun 21, 2012

Bob Hatcher wins Prime Minister's Big Society Award 2012



Apr 30, 2012

Standby from Somerset CCU due to anticipated flooding requiring resident evacuations to multiple evacuation centres across the South West.

BBC News Coverage



Apr 22, 2012

Exhibiting at the Emergency Services Show, Taunton.

Event Poster



Mar 11, 2012

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This was the first event of its kind for Frome, organised by Frome Town Council as an opportunity for voluntary and charity groups to get together, swap ideas, and let everyone know who and what we are. The event was also open to the general public so they could get an idea of the various voluntary groups and organisations in the area. It was reasonably attended, the event lasting from 9am to 3pm.

Members attending: WE15, WE131.

Frome Community Fair Website



Feb 19, 2012

Supporting the popular Tough Ten Challenge race for charity.

All had a splendid day with a good turnout and weather for the race, thanks for our support from the organisers, a bit of fun in the mud to entertain the remaining spectators after the race had ended, and a well-earned cup of tea to finish.

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Jan 20, 2012

Alerted to Standby by Somerset CCU for possible assistance with evacuation and rest centre for an incident at Burnham-on-Sea.

BBC News Weston Mercury



Jan 20, 2012

Support to Avon & Somerset LRF - Transporting delegates from conference at Portishead near Bristol.



Dec 27, 2011

Support to the Plain Crazy event on Salisbury Plain in aid of the Royal British Legion



Dec 16, 2011

Standby from Somerset CCU re anticipated winter storm (Met Office amber alert)



Nov 11, 2011

Helping veterans attend Armistice Service at Uphill.



Nov 4, 2011

Callout to assist Somerset CCU transport stores to Rest Centre for Bridgewater evacuees from River Parrett wall collapse.



Oct 30, 2011

Event Support for an Arab Horse Marathon on Salisbury Plain



Sep 9, 2011

We had a very successful day at this year's show, with 13 members attending and a good position next to the arena. There were plenty of visitors to our stand, including some potential recruits, and we made contact with many of the other organisations attending, reinforcing existing relationships and forging new ones. We also received some positive feedback from user bodies. Despite the forecast, the weather remained fine apart from a short light shower threatening near the end, but that didn't deter the crowds staying to watch the vehicle parade finale.



Aug 27, 2011

Assisting RAYNET in supporting the Ridgeway Challenge



Aug 12, 2011

Member assists Great Western Air Ambulance paramedic to reach a casualty



Aug 7, 2011

Our Anual outing to the Burnham-on-Sea Escape day was another enjoyable day at the beach.

See us in the Local news report of the day.



Aug 6, 2011

On a nice sunny day in an otherwise rainy week, 34 members, accompanied by friends and family, and members of the Royal Artillery 4x4 Rally Team, spent the day at Foxham 4x4 site, the site being kindly donated by the owner for our group's use for the day.



Jul 23, 2011

A member of Wessex 4x4 Response assisted an SWAS Ambulance crew. Evacuating a casualty to the other side of a stream where the Ambulance crew then transported the casualty to a hospital in a ground ambulance.



Jun 19, 2011

Bob's invitation had been proposed by Dorset Police, in recognition of the work achieved by Wessex 4x4 Response during recent years, including the severe cold weather of December 2010 and the year before. In typical fashion, Bob commented This is not only an honour for me, but recognition of Wessex 4x4 Response, and 4x4 Response nationally.



Jun 15, 2011

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We were invited to take part along with the various Blue light services in a 999 fun day for primary school children organised by the Fire service. An opportunity to spread the word amongst the next generation.



Jun 5, 2011

Vehicle support for the 2011 Mendip Challenge.



May 27, 2011

A publicity, recruiting and fund-raising opportunity for the group, held at the 4x4 evening of the Poole Quay for my Car event, a different car theme happening each Friday evening throughout the summer.

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May 6, 2011

For more information about the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, visit their website.

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Mar 11, 2011

Today at their HQ in Warmley, Wessex 4x4 Response signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Red Cross WAG (Wiltshire, Avon & Gloucestershire)



Mar 8, 2011

Wessex 4x4 Response was a part of the recent Exercise Watermark organised by Avon & Somerset LRF



Feb 19, 2011

And so ended another short visit by members of Wessex 4x4 Response to the Great Western Air Ambulance at Filton Airfield.

Or so we thought... Just four minutes later, the scramble had been aborted and the helicopter and crew returned to base, allowing us to continue our visit as planned.



Feb 18, 2011

Emergency response charities Wessex 4x4 Response and the British Red Cross will work together to support vulnerable people during emergencies such as floods and extreme weather events in Somerset.



Feb 13, 2011

This weekend we supported the 2011 Tough Ten Challenge at Weston Super Mare. Assisting the organisers with vehicles to various checkpoints and to marshal areas of concern.



Jan 9, 2011

Callout to assist Avon & Somerset Cliff Rescue Ambulance stuck near Burrington Coombe.



Jan 1, 2011

Other events supported and attended during 2011:
Portishead Carnival, Lions Frome, Classics at the Castle, Yeovil Community Safety Day.



Dec 27, 2010

Plain Crazy 2010 is a 14-mile race across the military training area of Salisbury Plain, on the 27th December at 11am, starting and finishing at Quebec Barn, which is on the B390, just off the A36 Salisbury Road near to Warminster Wiltshire.



Dec 26, 2010

Between the 17th to the 26th of December 2010 multiple agencies call on Wessex 4x4 Response to assist in the areas of Dorset, Somerset & Wiltshire due to ice and snow.



Dec 5, 2010

Between the 3rd and the 5th of December, Wessex 4x4 Response had callouts to assist Dorset NHS due to snow & ice. 10 deployments moving essential staff into hospitals, and nurses to home care visits.



Dec 2, 2010

Wessex 4x4 Response were called out to assist GWAS (Great Western Ambulance Service) ambulance on icy Wiltshire roads.



Oct 9, 2010

Exercise Manx - Rest Centre exercise with Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit



Sep 12, 2010

Wessex 4x4 Response had a stand at the 2010 Emergency Services Show at Hullavington Airbase.



Aug 29, 2010

Today Wessex 4x4 Response volunteers assisted another voluntary organisation called RAYNET with the 2010 Ridgeway Challenge.



Jun 12, 2010

Pete WE30 organised a visit to the Great Western Air Ambulance station at Filton for a few of the Wessex 4x4 Response members. A great and fascinating time was had by all that visited Filton.

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Jun 6, 2010

Wessex 4x4 Response spent the weekend assisting with support at Checkpoints for the 2010 Mendip Challenge in aid of Weston Hospice Care.



Apr 18, 2010

As part of our ongoing training, members of the Wessex 4x4 Response control team took part in a training and exercise session. The training included revision of our operational procedures, hands-on instruction and familiarisation with our new online incident management system, and a desktop exercise to put the knowledge gained into practice.

One of our sponsors, Cadbury Hilton Hotel & Spa, kindly made their facilities available to us, allowing our controllers to come together for this essential training.

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Feb 15, 2010

This weekend we supported the 2010 Tough Ten Challenge at Weston Super Mare. Assisting the organisers with vehicles to various checkpoints and to marshal areas of concern.



Jan 13, 2010

From the 5th to the 13th of January we were called out by GWAS, Dorset & Somerset CCUs due to severe ice and snow.



Jan 1, 2010

Some of the other events we supported and attended during 2010:
Endurance GB Horse Ride, Abbey Hill Festival of Steam, 999 Day for Schools, Armed Forces Day W-S-M, Royal Bath & West Show, Helicopter Museum, Portishead Carnival, LR Show SW, Dorset Police Blue Light Roadshow, Burnham-on-Sea Escape Day, Worle Family Fun Day



Dec 24, 2009

Multiple callouts to assist GWAS - Major incident declared region wide by Ambulance service.



Dec 22, 2009

Assist Great Western Ambulance Service due to adverse weather conditions.



Dec 21, 2009

Exercise Sea Dart, Portland. A multi agency exercise testing the response of the Emergency Services to a major incident at sea.



May 23, 2009

Stand-by to assist Somerset CCU due to severe gas leak, possibly requiring evacuation of 1 or more villages.



May 16, 2009

Requested to assist GWAS Helicopter, vehicle needed in Forest of Dean. Request passed to Gloucestershire 4x4 Response.



Mar 5, 2009

Callout to assist Dorset Police due to severe road conditions.



Mar 4, 2009

Callout to assist Devon & Cornwall Police due to severe road conditions.



Feb 3, 2009

Callout to major incident caused by harsh weather conditions (operation Alabaster).



Feb 2, 2009

Callout to assist Dorset Police provide support to Adult Care Services



Dec 13, 2008

Standby at the request of various Blue light Services due to severe flooding in all counties within our area.



Nov 16, 2008

Multi-day (15th-16th November) exercise working with Dartmoor Search & Rescue.



Oct 30, 2008

Call out at request of Devon and Cornwall Police to assist at Ottery St Mary due to exceptional weather. BBC News Report



Oct 20, 2008

Support to Avon & Somerset Police - Beach Run.



Oct 4, 2008

Standby at request of GWAST due to anticipated adverse weather.



Sep 27, 2008

Exercise Equinox will be held over two days, 26-27 September 2008, The exercise will allow all the responding agencies, which include all the emergency services, health services, local authorities, military, environment agency, rail companies, the voluntary agencies and media amongst others, to practice their emergency responses in a safe and fairly realistic learning environment. The exercise will include elements such as evacuation, a rest centre, media centre, emergency mortuary, casualty bureau, victim identification etc and will involve approximately 500 responders on the first day alone.



Sep 13, 2008

Support to Mendip Hospice Care - Beach Walk.



Sep 6, 2008

Standby at request of Gloucester out-of-hours Doctor's Services - may require assistance due to severe weather.



Aug 10, 2008

Callout to help deploy Dartmoor Search & Rescue team in search for Missing Person



Jun 1, 2008

Support at Mendip Challenge event in aid of Weston Hospice Care.



Feb 17, 2008

Support to "Tough Ten Challenge" for Weston Hospice Care.



Sep 15, 2007

Support to Weston Hospice Care - Midnight Beach Walk.



Aug 8, 2007

A display of our vehicles at Ilfracombe Rescue Day



Aug 4, 2007

Major flooding in Gloucestershire meant that both the local 4x4 Response group got called out but also Wessex 4x4 Response went along to offer mutual aid.



May 25, 2007

Display stand at 2007 Minehead Show



Jan 17, 2007

Standby from GWAST via Somerset CCU re anticipated snow.



Oct 12, 2006

Somerset Local Authorities Civil Contingencies Unit Exercise Order Exercise Hermes Major Live Rest Centre Exercise With An Evacuation Scenario

Thursday, October 12th, 2006 At The Cartgate Roundabout

Evacuation Site, Wincanton Racecourse Operating As A Large Rest Centre And Taunton Rugby Football Club Operating As A Large Rest Centre.



Oct 6, 2006

Standby for possible coastal flooding



Jun 9, 2006

Standby for reported UnExploded Bomb at Haymarket Bristol



Jul 18, 2005

The incident started with a suspicious package delivered to Wells Job centre and resulted in a call to us at 16:50



Jun 27, 2005

Wet weather at the 2005 Glastonbury Festival resulted in an all weekend stand-by.

The extracts below are from our incident logs

Date Time Location Source Message
2005-06-24 12:30:00 Pilton SCC EPO Message received from EPO by Tony Walsh advising that we are on standby for Pilton -- transport of blankets etc due to adverse weather.
2005-06-24 13:30:00 Pilton S4x4R Alert sent, available units R1, R4, R6, R16, R28, R22, R33, R38. R3, R30 working on site, R21 available to midnight today
2005-06-24 14:00:00 Pilton SCC EPO Red X have transported the blankets. However due to conditions on site S4x4R are required to standby for duration of festival. Update sent to members.
2005-06-24 17:10:00 Pilton S4x4R R35 R36 Now also available
2005-06-24 18:15:00 Pilton R20 Available
2005-06-24 20:30:00 Pilton S4x4R R12 available if required R37 available from Sat evening
2002-06-27 17:05:00 Pilton SCC EPO Stand-down e-mail (timed 14.00) received from SCC EPO. Stand-down SMS sent to all members

The R number referred to above identifies our member as in Response 1 etc. this saves any confusion between the various Johns etc.



Jan 25, 2005

Restex 2005, a desktop exercise to test the plans for an Evacuation & Rest Centre Exercise.



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